Tyler Perry is an American actor, playwright and comedian. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between May 2010 and May 2011. Perry performs the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman. Perry's films vary in style from orthodox filmmaking techniques to filmed productions of live stage plays. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75 million by 2008. Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as films. Perry produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. Perry has developed several television series, most notably Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network; the partnership was for the sake of bringing scripted television to the OWN, based on Perry's previous success in this area. Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, The Haves and the Have Nots being its most successful.
The Haves and the Have Nots has given OWN its highest ratings to date as of 2014, with the series referred to as "one of OWN's biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals and manipulations."Perry has additionally acted in films not directed or produced by himself, including as Admiral Barnett in Star Trek, the titular character in Alex Cross, Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl, Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Colin Powell in Vice. Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry Jr. the son of Willie Maxine Perry and Emmitt Perry, Sr. a carpenter. He has three siblings. Perry once said his father's answer to everything was to "beat it out of you"; as a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father's beatings. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. At age 16, he had his first name changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father.
Many years after seeing the film Precious, Perry was moved to reveal for the first time that he had been molested by a friend's mother at age 10. A DNA test taken by Perry indicated. While Perry did not complete high school, he earned a GED. In his early 20s, watching an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, he heard someone describe the sometimes therapeutic effect the act of writing can have, enabling the author to work out his or her own problems; this comment inspired him to apply himself to a career in writing. He soon started writing a series of letters to himself, which became the basis for the musical I Know I've Been Changed. Around 1990, Perry moved to Atlanta, where two years I Know I've Been Changed was first performed at a community theater, financed by the 22-year-old Perry's $12,000 life savings; the play included Christian themes of forgiveness and self-worth, while addressing issues such as child abuse and dysfunctional families. The musical received a "less than stellar" reception and was a financial failure.
Perry persisted, over the next six years he rewrote the musical though lackluster reviews continued. In 1998, at age 28, he succeeded in retooling the play and restaging it in Atlanta, first at the House of Blues at the Fox Theatre. Perry continued to create new stage productions, touring with them on the so-called "Chitlin' Circuit" and developing a large, devoted following among African-American audiences. In 2005, Forbes reported that he had sold "more than $100 million in tickets, $30 million in videos of his shows and an estimated $20 million in merchandise", "the 300 live shows he produces each year are attended by an average of 35,000 people a week". Perry raised a US$5.5 million budget in part from the ticket sales of his stage productions to fund his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which went on to gross US$50.6 million domestically, while scoring a 16% approval rating at the film review web site Rotten Tomatoes. Perry made his directorial debut on his next film, an adaptation of Madea's Family Reunion, has directed all of his subsequent Madea films.
On its opening weekend, February 24–26, 2006, Madea's Family Reunion opened at number one at the box office with $30.3 million. The film grossed $65 million. Perry and his co-stars promoted the film on The Oprah Winfrey Show; as with Diary all of the Madea's earnings have been generated in the United States. Perry's next Lionsgate project, Daddy's Little Girls, starred Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba and was released in the United States on February 14, 2007, it grossed over US$31 million. Perry wrote, directed and starred in his next film, Why Did I Get Married?, released on October 12, 2007. It opened at number one, it is loosely based on his play of the same name. Filming began March 5, 2007, in Whistler, British Columbia, a resort town north of Vancouver moved to Atlanta, where Perry had opened his own studio. Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott, Tasha Smith appeared in the film. Perry's 2008 film, Meet the Browns, released on March 21, opened at number 2 with a US$20.1 million weekend gross.
The Family That Preys opened on September 12, 2008, grossed over US$37.1 million. Madea Goes to Jail opened at number one on February 20, 2009, grossing US$41 million and becoming his largest o
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. is an American actor. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood, he appeared in A Few Good Men, The Tuskegee Airmen and Jerry Maguire, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he gained attention for his roles in Men of Honor as Carl Brashear, in Michael Bay's World War II epic Pearl Harbor as Doris Miller. His other notable films include As Good as It Gets, the ensemble farce Rat Race, American Gangster, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Selma, playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O. J. Simpson in the FX drama series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, co-starred in the sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke. Gooding was born on January 1968, in The Bronx, New York City, his mother, Shirley, is a singer with the Sweethearts, his father, Cuba Gooding Sr. was a lead vocalist of the soul group The Main Ingredient. Gooding has three siblings: April and Thomas.
His paternal grandfather, Dudley MacDonald Gooding, was a native of Barbados. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1972 after his father's music group had their hit single "Everybody Plays the Fool". Gooding himself was raised by his mother and attended four different high schools: North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills in Los Angeles, he served as class president in three of them. He became a born-again Christian at the age of 13. Gooding's first job as an entertainer was as a breakdancer, performing with singer Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. After high school, Gooding studied Japanese martial arts for three years, before turning his focus toward acting. Early on, he landed guest starring roles on shows like Hill Street Blues and MacGyver and had a tiny part in the popular comedy Coming to America. Gooding's first major role was in John Singleton's inner-city crime drama Boyz n the Hood, in which he played the lead, Tre Styles.
The film was a box office surprise and critical hit, is considered a modern classic. He followed this success with supporting roles in major films such as A Few Good Men, Judgment Night, Lightning Jack, Outbreak. In 1996, Gooding reached a new level of prominence when he was cast as an arrogant yet charismatic football player in Cameron Crowe's blockbuster dramatic sports comedy Jerry Maguire with co-star Tom Cruise, a major critical and commercial success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Most it earned Gooding an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, his exuberant "Show me the money!" Line in the film became a nationwide catch phrase. Additionally, his Oscar acceptance speech has been cited for its enthusiasm. In 1997, Gooding followed his breakout with a notable supporting role in the acclaimed Academy Award-winning comedy As Good as It Gets, but in the following years his career was inconsistently successful; some of his best received performances include turns in films such as the mystical drama What Dreams May Come and the US Naval drama Men of Honor, in which he played the lead role and co-starred with Robert De Niro.
Gooding received attention for his roles in the epic Pearl Harbor as Doris Miller, the ensemble farce Rat Race, musical dramedy The Fighting Temptations, the football drama Radio, in which he played the title role. Additionally, though not well received critically, the family comedy Snow Dogs was a commercial success. Other roles of note during this time include Theo Caulder in the psychological thriller Instinct and the voice of Buck in the Disney animated film Home on the Range. However, during this stage of his career, he appeared in a series of films which were not critically or commercially successful, such as Chill Factor, Boat Trip and Daddy Day Camp, all of which had received negative reviews and, with the exception of Norbit, performed poorly at the box office. On top of this, Gooding had turned down roles in successful films such as Amistad in the aftermath of his Oscar win. Neither his earlier successes nor his leading roles in a couple of smaller independent films, including Lee Daniels' directorial debut Shadowboxer, were able to offset these failures.
Since in great contrast to earlier stages of his acting career, Gooding has appeared in many more gritty, critically ignored, direct-to-DVD films than theatrical or television releases. A well-received performance as Ben Carson in Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and a small supporting role in Ridley Scott's American Gangster, both proved to be exceptions to this trend. Gooding's next major film role was in the 2012 World War II film Red Tails, produced by George Lucas. In 2013, Gooding had roles in several theatrical release films, including a well received supporting performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler and brief appearances in Don Jon and Machete Kills, he made his Broadway theatre debut alongside Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in a Tony Award-nominated production of The Trip to Bountiful. In 2014, he appeared as Civil Rights Movement attorney Fred Gray in the acclaimed historical drama Selma, he has since appeared much more on television than in the past, including performances as Samuel Fraunces in the miniseries The Book of Negroes, as a comedically embellished version of himself
This Is My Life (1992 film)
This Is My Life is a 1992 film that marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Nora Ephron. The screenplay, written by Ephron and her sister, Delia Ephron, is based on the book, This Is Your Life, by Meg Wolitzer; the film tells the story of Dottie Ingels, who works at a cosmetics counter but aspires to be a stand-up comedian. Ingels' Aunt Harriet dies and leaves the family her home in Queens which Ingels sells to move to an apartment in Manhattan. Ingels' comedy career starts to take off with the help of her agent, Arnold Moss and Moss's assistant, Claudia Curtis. Ingels' children and Opal get angry at Dottie because they hardly see her. Erica and Opal run away to find their father in upstate Albany, whom Opal doesn't remember, only being 1 or 2 years old when he left them; the character portrayed by Aykroyd, Arnold Moss, is based on the famous New York talent agent Sam Cohn, has some of the eccentricities for which Cohn was known, such as a habit of eating paper. The film's soundtrack was released on Qwest Records.
Although the album failed to chart, the single "Love of My Life" reached #16 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. This Is My Life, it holds a 42% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. 20th Century Fox released the film on DVD-R in 2012 as part of its Fox Cinema Archives line. LeVasseur, Andrea "This Is My Life". Allmovie; this Is My Life on IMDb This Is My Life at AllMovie This Is My Life at Box Office Mojo This Is My Life at Rotten Tomatoes
Desperate Housewives is an American mystery comedy-drama television series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired for eight seasons on ABC from October 3, 2004 until May 13, 2012. Executive producer Cherry served as showrunner. Other executive producers since the fourth season included Bob Daily, George W. Perkins, John Pardee, Joey Murphy, David Grossman, Larry Shaw. Set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of their late friend and neighbor who committed suicide in the pilot episode; the storyline covers thirteen years of the women's lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, 2013–2017. They work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their—on the surface—beautiful and perfect suburban neighborhood; the series features an ensemble cast, headed by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis.
Brenda Strong narrates the series as the late Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dream sequences. Desperate Housewives was well received by critics alike, it won multiple Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. From the 2004–05 through the 2008–09 television seasons, its first five seasons were rated amongst the top ten most-watched series. In 2007, it was reported to be the most popular show in its demographic worldwide, with an audience of 120 million and was reported as the third most watched television series in a study of ratings in twenty countries. In 2012, it remained the most-watched comedy series internationally based on data from Eurodata TV Worldwide, which measured ratings across five continents. Moreover, it was the third highest revenue earning series for 2010, with $2.74 million per half an hour. The show was ranked at number fifty-six on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list. In 2011, it was confirmed. By the end of the series, it had surpassed Charmed as the longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads by two episodes.
The first season premiered on October 3, 2004, introduces the four central characters of the show: Susan Mayer, Lynette Scavo, Bree Van de Kamp and Gabrielle Solis, as well as their families and neighbors on Wisteria Lane. The main mystery of the season is the unexpected suicide of Mary Alice Young, the involvement of her husband Paul Young and their son Zach in the events leading up to it. Susan fights Edie Britt for the affection of new neighbor Mike Delfino, Lynette struggles to cope with her demanding children, Bree fights to save her marriage to Rex Van de Kamp, Gabrielle tries to prevent her husband Carlos Solis from discovering that she is having an affair with their gardener, John Rowland; the second season premiered on September 25, 2005, its central mystery is that of new neighbor Betty Applewhite, who moved onto Wisteria Lane in the middle of the night. She keeps some prisoner in her basement. Throughout the season, Bree tries to cope with being a widow, unknowingly begins dating the man who poisoned her husband, fights alcoholism, is unable to prevent the gap between her and her son Andrew Van de Kamp from growing to extremes.
She deals with her daughter Danielle's new romance with Matthew Applewhite. Susan's love life becomes more complicated as her ex-husband Karl Mayer is engaged to Edie and has started to lean towards Susan. Lynette goes back to her career in advertising while her husband Tom Scavo becomes a stay-at-home father, Gabrielle decides to be faithful to Carlos, begins preparations to have a child. Paul is framed and sent to jail not for the murder he committed in the previous season, but for a fake one; the third season premiered on September 24, 2006. In the third season, Bree marries Orson Hodge, whose past and involvement with a discovered dead body becomes the main mystery of the season. Meanwhile, Lynette has to adjust to the arrival of Tom's unknown daughter and her mother to the family; the Scavos experience tension as Tom wants to start a pizzeria. Gabrielle goes through a rough divorce, but finds new love in Fairview's new mayor. After being run over by Orson in the previous season finale, Mike falls into a coma and suffers from amnesia when he wakes up.
Edie sees her chance to make her move on Mike, her family relations are explored throughout the season. Susan loses hope that Mike's memory will return and in the process moves on to a handsome Englishman whose wife is in a coma, while her daughter Julie Mayer starts dating Edie's nephew. Elderly neighbor Karen McCluskey hides something in her freezer. A shooting at the local grocery store leaves two characters dead and changes everyone's lives forever; the fourth season premiered on September 30, 2007, its main mystery revolves around new neighbor Katherine Mayfair and her family, who return to Wisteria Lane after twelve years away. Lynette battles cancer.
Netflix, Inc. is an American media-services provider headquartered in Los Gatos, founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. The company's primary business is its subscription-based streaming OTT service which offers online streaming of a library of films and television programs, including those produced in-house; as of January 2019, Netflix had over 139 million paid subscriptions worldwide, including 60.55 million in the United States, over 148 million subscriptions total including free trials. It is available worldwide except in mainland China as well as Syria, North Korea and Crimea; the company has offices in the Netherlands, India and South Korea. Netflix is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America. Netflix's initial business model included DVD sales and rental by mail, but Hastings abandoned the sales about a year after the company's founding to focus on the DVD rental business. Netflix expanded its business in 2007 with the introduction of streaming media while retaining the DVD and Blu-ray rental service.
The company expanded internationally in 2010 with streaming available in Canada, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean. Netflix entered the content-production industry in 2012. Since 2012, Netflix has taken more of an active role as producer and distributor for both film and television series, to that end, it offers a variety of "Netflix Original" content through its online library. By January 2016, Netflix services operated in more than 190 countries. Netflix released an estimated 126 original series and films in 2016, more than any other network or cable channel, their efforts to produce new content, secure the rights for additional content, diversity through 190 countries have resulted in the company racking up billions in debt: $21.9 billion as of September 2017, up from $16.8 billion from the previous year. $6.5 billion of this is long-term debt. In October 2018, Netflix announced it would raise another $2 billion in debt to help fund new content. Netflix was founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California, by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings.
Randolph worked as a marketing director for Pure Atria. Randolph was a co-founder of MicroWarehouse, a computer mail order company, was employed by Borland International as vice president of marketing. Hastings, a computer scientist and mathematician, sold Pure Atria to Rational Software Corporation in 1997 for $700 million in what was the biggest acquisition in Silicon Valley history, they came up with the idea for Netflix while commuting between their homes in Santa Cruz and Pure Atria's headquarters in Sunnyvale while waiting for government regulators to approve the merger, although Hasting has given several different explanations for how the idea was created. Hastings invested $2.5 million in startup cash for Netflix. Randolph admired the fledgling e-commerce company Amazon and wanted to find a large category of portable items to sell over the Internet using a similar model, they rejected VHS tapes as too expensive to stock and too delicate to ship. When they heard about DVDs, which were first introduced in the United States on March 31, 1997, they tested the concept of selling or renting DVDs by mail, by mailing a compact disc to Hastings' house in Santa Cruz.
When the disc arrived intact, they decided to take on the $16 billion home video sales and rental industry. Hastings is quoted saying that he decided to start Netflix after being fined $40 at a Blockbuster store for being late to return a copy of Apollo 13, but this is an apocryphal story that he and Randolph designed to explain the company's business model and motivation. Netflix was launched on April 14, 1998, as the world's first online DVD rental store, with only 30 employees and 925 titles available, the entire catalogue of DVDs in print at the time, through the pay-per-rent model with rates and due dates that were similar to its bricks-and-mortar rival, Blockbuster. Netflix introduced the monthly subscription concept in September 1997, dropped the multiple-rental model in early 2000. Since that time, the company has built its reputation on the business model of flat-fee unlimited rentals without due dates, late fees and handling fees, or per-title rental fees. In 2000, when Netflix had just about 300,000 subscribers and relied on the U.
S. Postal Service for the delivery of their DVDs, they were losing money and offered to be acquired by Blockbuster for $50 million, they proposed that Netflix, which would be renamed as Blockbuster.com, would handle the online business, while Blockbuster would take care of the DVDs, making them less dependent on the U. S. Postal Service; the offer was declined. While they experienced fast growth in early 2001, both the dot-com bubble burst and the September 11 attacks would occur that year, affecting the company badly and forcing them to lay off a third of their employees. However, sales of Apple products took off as they became more affordable, selling for about $2,000 around Thanksgiving time, becoming one of that year's most popular Christmas gifts. By early 2002, Netflix saw a huge increase in business from rental to laptop DVD users. Netflix initiated an initial public offering on May 29, 2002, selling 5.5 million shares of common stock at the price of US$15.00 per share. On June 14, 2002, the company sold an additional 825,000 shares of common stock at the same price.
After incurring substantial losses during its first few years, Netflix posted its first profit during fiscal year 2003, earning US$6.5 million profit on revenues of
Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, film producer, businesswoman. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, she began working as an actress at an early age with an uncredited role in the 1987 film Mac and Me. After her career grew in the 1990s, Aniston has remained a well-known public figure and established herself as one of the leading and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood as of 2018. Aniston rose to fame portraying Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends, for which she earned Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild awards; the character was popular while the series aired and was recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television. Aniston has since played lead roles in romantic comedies, her box office successes include Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go with It, Horrible Bosses, We're the Millers, each of which grossed over $200 million in worldwide box office receipts. Her most critically acclaimed roles include the dramedy the drama Cake.
Aniston co-founded production company Echo Films in 2008. Divorced from actor Brad Pitt, to whom she was married for five years, she is separated from actor Justin Theroux, whom she married in 2015. Aniston was born on February 11, 1969, in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, the daughter of Greek-born actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. One of her maternal great-grandfathers, Louise Grieco, was from Italy, her mother's other ancestry includes English, Scottish, a small amount of Greek. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick, her older maternal half-brother, Alex Aniston, her younger paternal half-brother. Aniston's godfather was one of her father's best friends; as a child she moved to New York City. Despite her father's television career she was discouraged from watching television, though she found ways around the prohibition; when she was six, she began attending a Waldorf school. Her parents split up. Having discovered acting at age 11 at the Waldorf school, Aniston enrolled in Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she joined the school's drama society.
Anthony Abeson was her drama teacher. She was in The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window by Lorraine Hansberry and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. Aniston first worked in Off-Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker's Grave, supported herself with part-time jobs which included working as a telemarketer and bike messenger. In 1988, she had an uncredited minor role in Me; the next year she appeared on The Howard Stern Show as a spokesmodel for Nutrisystem, moved back to Los Angeles. She obtained her first regular television role on Molloy in 1990, appeared in Ferris Bueller, a television adaptation of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, she starred as a teenager going to summer camp in the made-for-television film Camp Cucamonga, as a spoiled daughter followed by a vengeful leprechaun in the horror film Leprechaun. A 2014 retrospective from Entertainment Weekly identified Leprechaun as her worst role, Aniston herself has expressed embarrassment over it. Aniston appeared in two more failed television comedy series, The Edge and Muddling Through, guest-starred in Quantum Leap, Herman's Head, Burke's Law.
Depressed over her four unsuccessful television shows, Aniston approached Warren Littlefield at a Los Angeles gas station asking for reassurance. The head of NBC entertainment encouraged her to continue acting, a few months helped cast her for Friends, a sitcom, set to debut on NBC's 1994–1995 fall lineup; the producer wanted Aniston to audition for the role of Monica Geller, but Courteney Cox was considered more suitable. Thus, Aniston was cast as Rachel Green, she was offered a spot as a featured player on Saturday Night Live, but turned it down to do Friends. She played Rachel until the show ended in 2004; the program was successful and Aniston, along with her co-stars, gained worldwide recognition among television viewers. Her character was popular and was recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television; the actress received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including a win for Lead Actress. She was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and won in 2003 as Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Aniston became the highest-paid television actress of all time with her $1 million-per-episode paycheck for the final season of Friends. Her character's relationship with Ross Geller, portrayed by David Schwimmer in the show, was popular among audiences, the couple was voted as television's favorite couple in polls and magazines. Following a four-year hiatus, Aniston returned to film work in 1996, when she performed in the ensemble cast of romantic comedy She's the One. Aniston's first starring vehicle was Picture Perfect, in which she played a struggling young advertising executive opposite Kevin Bacon and Jay Mohr. While the film received mixed reviews, it was a moderate commercial success, Aniston's performance was more warmly received, with many critics suggesting that she had screen presence. In 1998, she appeared as a woman who falls for a gay man in the romantic comedy The Object of My Affection, the next year she starred as a restaurant waitress in the cult film Office Space.
Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection program, it features Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, Harvey Keitel. Sister Act was one of the most financially successful comedies of the early 1990s, grossing $231 million worldwide; the film spawned a franchise, which consists of a 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, a musical adaptation, which premiered in 2006. A remake of Sister Act is in the works. On December 7, 2018, it was confirmed that Regina Y. Hicks and Karin Gist were hired to write the script to Sister Act 3 to be released on Disney+. In the film's prologue, Deloris Wilson is a young student at a Catholic school; as an adult, she is a lounge singer at a nightclub in Reno, performing under the name Deloris Van Cartier. One night, she witnesses her mobster boyfriend.
Lieutenant Eddie Souther persuades her to go into a witness protection program with Saint Katherine's Parish, a convent in a run-down San Francisco neighborhood, as her safe house. The stoic Reverend Mother finds Deloris uncouth, but Monsignor O'Hara, the neighborhood priest, persuades her to accept her. Deloris, given the name Sister Mary Clarence as part of her cover, struggles to adapt to austere convent life. However, she befriends several of the nuns, including jolly Sister Mary Patrick, meek Sister Mary Robert, the elderly deadpan Sister Mary Lazarus, who works as choir director. After Mary Clarence is chastised for sneaking out to a bar, the Reverend Mother assigns her to join the convent choir, who are known to be dreadful, to keep her out of trouble. On her first day, Mary Clarence is elected by Mary Lazarus to become the choir director, after its members learn she has a background in music. With Sister Mary Lazarus’ help, she helps to rearrange the choir and trains them to become better singers.
When the choir perform at Mass one Sunday, they sing "Hail Holy Queen" beautifully in a traditional manner, before shifting into a gospel and rock-and-roll-infused interpretation of the hymn. Although the Reverend Mother is infuriated, O'Hara congratulates the choir's unorthodox performance for bringing in people, including teenagers, off the streets and into the church; this leads Mary Clarence to convince him to have the nuns head outside and clean up the neighborhood. The choir continue to amaze parishioners and visitors with their music, including a performance of "My Guy", soon help to transform the neighborhood. This, makes Souther annoyed at Deloris for nearly exposing her location on national television because of the nuns' work; the convent learns from O'Hara that Pope John Paul II is coming by the church to see the choir himself, as part of his visit to the United States. Believing herself to be no longer required, the Reverend Mother decides to hand in her resignation because of Mary Clarence's work unintentionally undermining her authority.
This shocks Deloris. Souther soon arrests a police detective within his own department, upon discovering he was on Vince's payroll and had uncovered information on Deloris' location. Rushing to San Francisco to warn Deloris that her cover is blown, Souther arrives just as Vince's men abduct her; when the nuns learn of the kidnapping, the Reverend Mother reveals the truth of Mary Clarence's real identity. Upon hearing them feel at a loss without her help in the choir, she decides to have them come with her and risk their lives to save her. Arriving at Vince's casino, the group searches for Deloris and find her, after she manages to escape from Vince and his men once again; the group attempts to confuse the mobsters while sneaking out Deloris, but end up becoming trapped in the casino lounge. Not wishing to risk the group's lives, Deloris prepares to sacrifice herself, Vince and his men have difficulty bringing themselves to shoot Deloris while she's in a nun's habit; the delay is long enough for the police led by Souther, to arrest Vince and his men.
Despite being annoyed at the risk and other things Deloris did to the convent, the Reverend Mother thanks her for what she has done and decides to remain at the convent to continue her work. Returning to San Francisco, the choir, led by Deloris, sing "I Will Follow Him" to packed audience in the refurbished Saint Katherine's, receiving a standing ovation from all, including the Pope. Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence Isis Carmen Jones as Little Deloris Wilson Maggie Smith as Reverend Mother Kathy Najimy as Sister Mary Patrick Wendy Makkena as Sister Mary Robert Mary Wickes as Sister Mary Lazarus Bill Nunn as Lt. Eddie Souther Harvey Keitel as Vince LaRocca Robert Miranda as Joey Richard Portnow as Willy Rose Parenti as Sister Alma Joseph Maher as Monsignor O'Hara Jim Beaver as Clarkson Jenifer Lewis as Michelle Charlotte Crossley as Tina A. J. Johnson as Lewanda Lois de Banzie as Immaculata Max Grodénchik as Ernie Joseph G. Medalis as Henry Parker Michael Durrell as Larry Merrick Toni Kalem as Connie LaRocca Eugene Greytak as Pope John Paul II Guy Boyd as Detective TateChoir nunsEllen Albertini Dow Carmen Zapata Pat Crawford Brown Prudence Wright Holmes Georgia Creighton Susan Johnson Ruth Kobart Susan Browning Darlene Koldenhoven Sheri Izzard Edith Diaz Beth Fowler Screenwriter Paul Rudnick pitched Sister Act to producer Scott Rudin in 1987, with Bette Midler in mind for th